Source: The Royal Coronation Number and Who's Who in India, Burma and Ceylon, ed. and comp. Thos. Peters (Poona: The Sun Publishing House, 1937), 165

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Born in 1888, Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the son of Brahmins who were keen on providing him with the best education.

His first professorship was at the Presidency College as a Professor of Philosophy. Eventually, he caught the attention of Sir Asutosh Mukherjee who offered him the George V chair of Philosophy in Calcutta University in 1921 when it became vacant. This was followed by various appointments as a Lecturer and Professor in England and elections to both the International Committee of Intellectual Co-operation and the British Academy.

His philosophical views were idealist in nature but not abstractionist in the likes of Plato or Samkara. He believed that Reality is rooted in process and that the uncoupling of one from the other pointed to death. Though a humanist, he was also acutely aware of its weakness and knew that human standards alone could ensure neither the excellence nor the holiness of human relations. In his appetite for righteousness, he took to religion and urged his fellows to do the same.

Source: Prof. Bhola Banerjee, “Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan”, Eminent Indians Vol. 2, ed. Ermine A. Brown (Calcutta: Shanti Mitra, 1948), 143-148

 

Works

Essentials of Psychology (London; New York: Henry Froud, Oxford University Press, 1912)

The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore (London: Macmillan & Co., 1919)

The Reign of Religion in Contemporary Philosophy (London: Macmillan & Co., 1920)

An Idealist View of Life (London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1932)

Religion and Society (London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1947)

The Brahma Sutra: The Philosophy of Spiritual Life (London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1960)

The Principal Upanisads (London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1968)

History of Philosophy: Eastern and Western (Volume I) (London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1957)

 

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